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incarnation

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noun in·car·na·tion \ˌin-(ˌ)kär-ˈnā-shən\

Simple Definition of incarnation

  • : one of a series of lives that a person is believed to have had in the past in some religions

  • : a person who represents a quality or idea

  • the Incarnation in the Christian religion : the belief in Jesus Christ as both God and a human being

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incarnation

  1. 1 a (1) :  the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form (2) capitalized :  the union of divinity with humanity in Jesus Christ b :  a concrete or actual form of a quality or concept; especially :  a person showing a trait or typical character to a marked degree <she is the incarnation of goodness>

  2. 2 :  the act of incarnating :  the state of being incarnate

  3. 3 :  a particular physical form or state :  version <in another incarnation he might be a first vice-president — Walter Teller> <TV and movie incarnations of the story>

incarnational

play \-shə-nəl, -shnəl\ adjective

Examples of incarnation in a sentence

  1. the doctrine of the Incarnation

  2. <she is the very incarnation of grace and tactfulness>



14th Century

First Known Use of incarnation

14th century

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